November 8th, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Wade Phillips out as Dallas Cowboys' coach

[Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET] Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed in a news conference Monday afternoon that Wade Phillips was out as the team's head coach, and that assistant head coach Jason Garrett will lead the team on an interim basis.

Jones also said he is elevating defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni to defensive coordinator.

"An in-season coaching change is something that I've not done before. It's something that I was reluctant to even consider as late as this this past week. But at this time I believe … what’s in the best interest of the organization and the fans is a coaching change," Jones said.

Jones previously had said that Phillips would finish the season as coach. But Sunday night's 45-7 loss to Green Bay - moving the Cowboys' record this season to 1-7 - helped Jones change his mind.

"I don't like the way [changing my mind] looks stability-wise as far as our organization is concerned – not my own self, but the organization – but I think [the situation] called for it, and I recognized that after the game that we just weren't playing winning football, and our best chance was to make this change," Jones said. "Now with that, I don't apologize to anybody about changing my mind."

Jones said Garrett would have a chance to secure the job long-term - especially if the team has success over the next eight games - and that Garrett has "the temperament [and] the disposition to affect a culture change."

[Original post] Wade Phillips is out as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach following an abysmal performance by the team against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, a CNN affiliate and ESPN are reporting.

Many people were expecting the move (some were demanding it), and the search "wade phillips fired" was trending No. 1 on Google on Monday afternoon.

America's Team is off to a 1-7 start, their worst since 1989, after a preseason full of Super Bowl hype. Fans and observers have placed the blame squarely on the team's coaches.

CNN affiliate KTXA in Dallas said offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, an assistant head coach and one-time Cowboys backup quarterback, will take the team's reins.

Phillips, the Cowboy's seventh coach, compiled a 35-24 record in three seasons with Dallas. Only one of those wins came in the playoffs, a 34-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Phillips' ouster marks the first time the Cowboys have canned a coach mid-season.

Players told CBS 11 that a team meeting was held at 3 p.m. The Cowboys are scheduled to hold a news conference at 4 p.m.

Owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly said that Phillips would finish the season, but after Sunday's 45-7 shellacking in Green Bay, he said there would be "consequences" for players and coaches.

soundoff (571 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    The Dallas Divas, America's team....yeah right....not for long. Way to go Packers!!!!!

    GO PACK GO!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. drmsac

    Newsbreak: Cowboys are changing name to the "Dallas Tampons" because they're only good for one period, and there's no second string.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. two Haired

    There is one, and only one "America' Team", Da Bears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lisamarie23

    Too bad you didn't fire Tony Romo 2 years ago! He's gotta be glad he's out for the season.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Stan

    Now if Jerry fires the GM, things might finally improve.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lisamarie23

    Too bad you didn't fire Tony Romo 2 years ago!
    I know he's glad to be out for the season.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dallas Res.

    Wade was let go due to the pressure JJ was receiving from fans. He was made to be the scape goat for the results of the losses. I'm sure JJ called most of the shots that created the losses, and don't expect to see any difference in game plays for the rest of the season. Garrett is not the answer!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    Sorry, but the Cowboys ceased being Americas Team a LONG time ago.

    I am so tired of the Cowboys arrogance when they have not won ANYTHING in years!

    Go COLTS!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. natalie

    Now fire Romo and his stupid hats.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Really?

    The Cowboys ARE "America's Team"...and the proof is that they 1) sell more branded clothing, etc, than any other team NATIONWIDE (they have for about 40 years now...and unbelievably – given their recent history – they still do today; 2) their games consistently have the highest TV ratings compared to all other teams (again – this holds true even today). If some other team was "America's Team" – why wouldn't more people buy THEIR jerseys, etc. and watch THEIR games on TV? All you Cowboy haters can stop saying they aren't "America's Team", because by all indications – they in fact ARE!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mort

      You are so right Really. The Cowboys are and always will be America's team because of the things you have pointed out. People love them or hate them and I've been a Cowboy's fan since the early 70's. And, I've got enough of that NFL apparel to show it!!!

      Julie – I'm right with you, too. Stay right in there and support our team.

      As far as firing Wade goes, not going to fix the problem. And Jason Garrett is not the answer. Jerry has to give up the GM role and let somebody run the team. He's driving us into the ground.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    I hope Jerry Jones appoints himself coach so the losing will continue. Eventually he will lose the Dallas fan base and have to sell the team.

    Steeler Nation > > > America's Team anyway so the debate is meaningless. Besides, the Cowboy's are "America's Embarrassment".

    November 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wait WHAT?

    Laura, back at you. You can google why the Cowboys are called America's team. The popularity of the Cowboys as America's Team has been supported somewhat by such NFL records as "Team with Most Consecutive Sold Out Games", a streak of 160 home and away games (including playoffs) that began on December 23, 1990, at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium and came to an end on December 24, 1999, in a Christmas Eve game against the New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Super Dome.[10] Other examples are the NFL games featuring the Cowboys that result in record-breaking ratings at the time of broadcast, such as 7 of the 8 Super Bowl games featuring the Cowboys and the NFC Championship Game between the Cowboys and 49ers, the only non-Super Bowl NFL game to be ranked in the Top 45 Primetime Telecasts of All Time.[11]

    November 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shandra Watts

      Whatever be the history they SUCK SUCK!!!! Winner are America's Team....

      November 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Ya that's why....not! I guess maybe they should be called Americas team since they stole, killed, and rapped the native Americans. Or maybe because our country is so brain-washed by the fast food industry that we are immediately commpelled to anything with the word 'Cow" in it.

      November 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ramonesgal

    Arrogant? Jerry Jones is the epitome of arrogant. And America's Team? I am an American and they are SO NOT my team. It's nothing more than a self-annointed marketing ploy that they have come to believe is true. NOT!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. roHouse

    Admittedly, it's a strange relationship but tell me one American who would not be sparked by another team as they are when they hear the name Dallas Cowboys! The Cowboys ARE America's team... this doesnt imply that all Americans love them.. but deep down every American has a place in their heart for the Cowboys. Just like America, the team is suffering one of the biggest challenges of it's history...just like America... it's digging heals in deep and mustering that something from deep down within.. and because they won't quit...they shall emerge...just like America and once again become the strongest, powerful and respected Nation (Team) around!! Mark my words people... you will see the Cowboys once again emerge... Cowboy fans: We have been here before and I am confident that we will not only survive but become the Champions that we are. To become a Champion is to know that you ARE a Champion when everyone else thinks otherwise.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. james

    The thing most interesting about the Cowboys is how they are so extremely hated or loved throughout the country. I'm from Dallas. I've lived everywhere. The fact is people hate Dallas and think about hating Dallas and think their home team is a Dallas rival. I am not much of a fan. However, I will say it's the only NFL team that all of America discusses one way or another. Dallas fans don't think about any other team but Dallas.

    November 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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